ARMS Update

Greetings from the Office of Admission!  I hope all of you had a relaxing summer.  We welcomed the Class of 2018 on Saturday, August 16 for Move-In Day.  The Class of 2018 is one of the largest classes in Meredith’s 123 year history!  I’d like to extend a big thank you to all alumnae who helped influence a student’s decision to attend Meredith this year.  Your stories and personal experiences make a difference in the lives of these angels.

I’d like to share some updates about the ARMS program and how alumnae have helped build this class.

COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS – IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO BUILD THE CLASS

ARMS (Alumnae Recruiting Meredith Students), Meredith’s first official plan for formally involving alumnae in the recruitment process continued into its second year.  ARMS volunteers participated in the following actions during the 2013-2014 recruitment cycle:

  • Fall Recruitment Week: 14 alums contacted 267 prospective students by email in our targeted recruitment areas and encouraged them to apply.
  • Discover Meredith: collaborative event with Alumnae Development and Admissions. 30 alums brought 48 students to campus; our largest Discover Meredith event to date.
  • College Fair Recruitment: Six alums attended college fairs with recruiters.
  • Spring Recruitment Week: 136 alums contacted 576 admitted student encouraging them to choose Meredith.
  • Admitted Student Receptions: 16 alums hosted admitted student receptions across North Carolina with the goal of influencing decisions for Meredith.

In summary: 596/1795 applicants (33%), 567/1100 admitted students (51%), and 274/481 deposits (57%) received a contact from an alumna during the 2013-2014 recruitment cycle.

In the upcoming cycle “Let’s Talk About Strong” conversations will be implemented in targeted areas in an effort to increase out-of-state applications and enrollment. Alumnae will invite prospects to meet them for coffee to discuss their interest in Meredith.  Locations confirmed for the “Let’s Talk About Strong” conversations this fall are the following:

  1. D.C.
  2. Louisville, KY
  3. Lexington, KY
  4. Houston, TX
  5. Richmond, VA
  6. Jacksonville, FL
  7. New York City, NY
  8. Baltimore, MD
  9. Charleston, SC
  10. Charlotte, NC (only in-state location for coffee)

Anna Buryk, Assistant Director of Admission and responsible for creating the Alumnae Recruitment Plan and Shery Boyles, Director of Admission, attended Alumnae Board of Directors meetings in the fall and spring to keep them updated on current initiatives and to seek their input on development of the ARMS program.

*If you know a student who would be a great fit for Meredith College, please refer her online through the “Refer a Student” referral form: www.meredith.edu/alumnae/refer-a-student.

*If you would like to be involved in the ARMS program, please complete the online interest form: http://www.meredith.edu/alumnae/alumnae-volunteers/.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the ARMS program.  We need your help to recruit another strong class of angels!

Anna Buryk ‘09
Assistant Director of Admissions

Sizzlin’ September Concert 2014

Attention Meredith Alumnae!   Campus Activities Board presents…

SIZZLIN’ SEPTEMBER CONCERT 2014!

THE CAB along with opener D.Veloped, will be performing live at the Meredith College Amphitheater on Friday, September 5th. Gates open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8pm. Dorton Arena is the rain site.  This concert is the tenth anniversary of the Sizzlin’ September Concert so please help us celebrate.

Free alumnae tickets are available on the evening of the concert.  Each alumna is entitled to one free ticket for herself and one free guest ticket.  There is no need to come to Meredith ahead of time to get your free ticket(s).  To receive your ticket(s), come to the Ticket Sales Tent on the evening of the concert and tell us that you are an Alum.  Alumnae tickets are non-transferable.

Also, public tickets for $8 are available on-line at brownpapertickets.com.  However, $8 Public tickets also may be purchased at the Concert (with cash or checks payable to Meredith College).

Other Information about the Concert:

  • No alcohol or outside food/drink is permitted at the concert. Food will be available for purchase during the concert.
  • Traffic will enter from Hillsborough St.
  • Do not bring backpacks, large purses, or coolers – just bring any cash to purchase food and drinks at the concert, and a blanket (if you want to bring one).
  • Items brought through the gate are subject to search by Campus Police.

We look forward to your attendance at Sizzlin’ September ’14 and we encourage you to spread the word to your friends outside of Meredith. If you have any questions please contact cab@email.meredith.edu or call 919-760-8338. Thank you!

 
Campus Activities Board

Concert funded by the Meredith Student Activities Fee

Photo of the Week

1971 move in day

Members from the class of 1971 are pictured moving into the residence halls their freshman year.

On Saturday, August 16th, we welcomed over 450 freshman to campus! This week marks the first full week of classes.  The students are busy getting adjusted to their packed schedules and getting into the swing of their fall semester.

Meredith’s first 23+ Reunion a huge success!

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Meredith23Plus-103“The activities began with registration and visiting in the Rotunda at 11 a.m., then continued with lunch in the dining hall with faculty and staff members.  Dr. Allen spoke, and also Dr. Poslusny.  Their presentations included the video of Meredith’s new brand and the strategic plan of the college.  We also had short presentations by representatives from the Nutrition Department, the Strong Points Program and the Meredith Abroad Program.  We had campus tours and then a reception at the home of the President to end the day. “Encore” provided the entertainment at the reception.  It was a fulfilling day for everyone.

Meredith did a fantastic job of welcoming and entertaining this group of alumnae who had never before been invited to the campus as a group. The first 23+ Reunion was a huge success, and I hope these gatherings will continue in the future.”

-Sandra Close, ’86

2014-2015 Alumnae Book Club!

Please make plans to join us for our 2014-2015 line up of the Alumnae Book Club!  The full listing of books, authors and meeting dates can be found below. Meetings will take place in the Chapel Commons Room from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

 

September 16, 2014 – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

October 21, 2014 – Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and her dramatic Rescue by Seal Team 6 by Jessica Buchanan

November 18, 2014 – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

December 16, 2014 – Flora & Ulyssees by Kate DeCamillo

January 20, 2015 – Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

February 17, 2015 – George Washington’s Secret Six: The spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade/Don Yeager

March 17, 2015 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

April 21, 2015- Chimes From a Cracked Southern Belle by Susan Reinhardt

May 19, 2014 – Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

 

For questions and/or additional information, please contact Marilyn Jones, ‘75 at jonesma@meredith.edu.  We hope to see you there!

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